1) Determine Your Personal Organization System.
We recommend todoist for your project lists and placing as many action items as you can directly into “Google Calendar.”
2) Enter the realm of faith & focus, daily- in your prayers, meditation, in your drive to work, in the shower. Focus on what you want. See it. Feel it. (“Give place” for it). Thank the Lord in advance for it. Break the action down into small bites, ask for strength in taking steps etc.
Note: In Faith & Focus We recommend any kind of vision board and/or just key phrases – whatever seems to work for you personally. Bear in mind that the best pictures are usually achieved in your mind. See notes below.
3) Create or Update Your “A-Choice Routine(s)”
Your “A-Choice Routine” or "power hour" (or even "Power 30") is your daily re-fueling. It is the essence of what we refer to as the "Elijah Principle."
A-Choice Routine - Morning Example
Exercise (i.e. Tramp or Walk) with 5 to 10 minutes of pure gratitude
Meditation, prayer, faith & focus, affirmations (separately, or overlapping)
Inspirational and/or educational input
Managing your lists (refining your action steps) / Short and Long term planning
Breakthrough as needed.
A-Choice Routine - Evening Example
A-Choice Routine Tips:
Your Morning routine is the big deal
BUT, If you don't finish it the morning, fit it in through out the day. Keep the fuel for the journey coming!
i.e. walk while listening to inspirational input. Get some self-care in a hot salt bath while considering your personal visions and goals etc.
Prioritizing your actions into a routine i.e. 1st prayer, 2nd tramp etc. makes it so you don’t have as many decisions to make. However, you’ll want to change your routine from time to time, as inspired. Keep your routine in writing.
Make it a habit!
The more your A-Choice routine becomes a habit, the more amazing your life will be. Determine how much time you will need every day for your routine(s) and then put the time in!
Triggers can be a huge part of your success in creating habits.
Example: Set your phone alarm up to play Good Morning. When you hear it, leap right into action!
Example: Every time you jump into your car (which could be where you do part of your A-Choice routine), hit "play" on some inspiration like scriptures, inspiring talks, Tony Robbins etc.
Break it up into several routines
You may want to have several routines - morning, after work, evening.
"Over the years, I have observed that those who accomplish the most in this world are those with a vision for their lives, with goals to keep them focused on their vision and tactical plans for how to achieve them. Knowing where you are going and how you expect to get there can bring meaning, purpose, and accomplishment to life." - Russell M.Ballard
RETURN TO YOUR VISION - NOTES
Refine your vision board (or your list of vision phrases & affirmations) that you can return to, daily.
Use a computer and/or use real pictures on a larger piece of foam board, or directly onto your bathroom mirror or even your bedroom wall. Pick pictures and/or words and phrases that have meaning to you. Return to these visions each morning. Remember what it is you want. This can be anywhere from 1 to 20 minutes a day.
Each day, you are making a place in your heart for your visions . This is faith. Most importantly, each day, you are returning to the actions leading to what you see for your life. This process is different for everyone, but includes:
Say it / See it / Feel it.
Ask God to assist you with it and to refine and qualify you for it.
Be present to it (without scratching for it). Simply “give place” to it.
If inspired, express sorrow for blocking it.
Thank God in advance for everything just as it is and for _______
Thank God in advance for the strength to take the steps and create the habits leading to it.
Now, the most important, get into action.
4) Get into “Getting Things Done." It's so fun!
Short version: Read "Plan for Success" (1/2 page blog)
Long and Wonderful Road to More (David Allen)
This will be something you will want to study and implement layer by layer throughout the course of this and future Masteries.
Note on homework: Don't limit yourself, but don't short circuit. Be inspired. Be guided. Only do what you feel is best for you!
OTHER SUGGESTED READING
Extra reading, especially applicable at work - How to make the most of your work day.
OTHER SUGGESTED VIDEOS
Note: These videos are not part of STRM. They are the private property of whoever put them on youtube. We have included links in your homework only for convenience if you decide to view these.
Attraction in Action with Ananda Shankar Jayant. Replace your fear with vision and with action.
As Anthony DeMello suggested: Getting what's on our happiness wish list isn't what makes us happy. On the contrary, it is our happiness that attracts the things we want!
Life holds amazing possibilities, if we are only willing to open our eyes to see them. "Attraction" (Faith, Focus, Affirmations and Vision) means: “I am willing to take time to see” (to see it before actually appears) and to be present, open and filled with faith respect to this possibility.
By warming up our brains, over and over again to something new- something more, we are gradually able to let go of the limited world we have just gotten used to, just as this man finally let go of his canned food. Hopefully, he is now ready to go on a real cruise.
20 minutes with Dr. Joe. If you have more time, watch the one below instead, which is 50 minutes.
50 minutes. This is the mother load with Dr. Joe and the heart of Agreement 1 which is Faith & Focus.
There are times when you will feel discouraged, closed or even hopeless. This is the time to return to your faith in God & to the vision you sense He has placed in your heart. Speak to the vision, not the loss. As T.D. Jakes puts it, the miracle is in the present and in the future, not in the past. Say it. See it. Make plans that lead to it. Return to your vision. It is your vision of what can be and your faith in that being who makes visions possible that will fill your heart.